Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga recently recounted a terrifying incident where she was robbed in the early hours of Monday. The incident occurred on the N3 highway between Vosloorus and Heidelberg.
Chikunga, speaking in Parliament, described the ordeal as deeply traumatic. Initially, they attempted to continue their journey after a tire burst, but they had to stop when the exposed wheel rim made further travel impossible.
“It was traumatizing, devastating, and bad. After the burst tire, we drove a considerable distance until the rim was on the road. So we had to stop to change the tire,” she explained.
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Despite having two armed bodyguards with her during the tire change, three masked men brandishing guns approached them. Chikunga, accompanied by her brother, attempted to call the police when she heard a disturbance outside. However, the men swiftly entered the car, pointed a gun at her, and demanded money.
“It was three well-dressed individuals – not your typical criminals. They forced me out, told me to sit, and demanded money. They said, ‘we know you have money, give us your money.’ They were speaking isiZulu but understood English. They were decent-looking men in their late 20s to early 30s, physically fit. They even asked me who my protector was, which was strange as normal South Africans would say ‘bodyguards,’ not ‘protectors,'” she recalled.
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The assailants took the bodyguards’ firearms and other valuables. After ransacking the car, one of the robbers noticed Chikunga’s wedding ring.
“One saw my ring; he tried to take it, but I refused. He pointed his firearm at me, and I was scared he would shoot me. I told him it was the only thing I have between my late husband and myself, and I value it so much. He said OK and left it. When they were leaving, one of them said, ‘There are police members here, and I hate police. I feel like killing the police.’ And then they left. I’m OK now, but it was traumatizing,” she said.